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    A little more #halloween decorating. The boys helped me toss creepy things on a platter as a table centerpiece. Their favorite is the candy eyeballs in the mortar and pestle, naturally. In a survival situation, I'm nearly certain I wouldn't be able to make a fire-I can barely make one in our fireplace. Even then I think I go through a box of matches. To hopefully help, I picked up a box of extra long matches. Popped in a cut wine bottle, I think they'll come in handy on the mantel. Thinking of adding this small sign I made to the kitchen. Problem is, I don't want to drill into the marble because I'll probably change my mind later on and don't want to leave holes. This measures 12 by 25 inches and isn't too heavy. Think command strips could hold this in place?

Pinterest Challenge: Bird Cage

YHL and Bower Power offered up another season of Pinterest Challenge.

And we knew just what we wanted to share.  The bird-cage pendant I made over a month ago but didn’t hang until yesterday.

I already had all the necessary supplies on hand, too.  For this project, we used a white ceiling canopy, a cord kit from Ikea (thanks Lizzy for sending it to me!), wire cutters, a pretty light bulb (a large clear vanity bulb was the best I could find locally), and the bird shade.  Why didn’t this happen sooner?

It was as simple as cutting and connecting wires.  Because we’ve been so busy working on the kitchen, we didn’t install this until last night.

Hence the dark photos.  We’ll add more soon.  I like the quirkiness the fixture adds to the space, too.

The low watt round bulb is more than enough overall light, but it is still delicate.  For some darn reason though I can’t get the stinkin’ thing to hang straight.  Ugh.  I’ll have to fiddle around with it more.

And, the view from the under side isn’t as ugly as I thought it would be.  Still on the look out for a brighter bird or two.

Edit:  The light looks better in daylight.

But it still hangs wonky.  I hadn’t realized this before, but the colors of the birds picks up nicely on items on the bookshelves.

And the wires from the birds aren’t totally obvious.

Thanks to Pinterest I have a fun new office light.  Did you join the Pinterest party?  What did you make?  What’s on your list to do?

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  1. So cute! I like yours better than the Pinterest one.

  2. Soooo cool! I love it!

  3. Raeanna

     /  November 2, 2011

    LOVE it!!!! If only I could manage to get off my rear & make something from my millions of pinned projects!!! lol:)

  4. LOVE IT!!! Stopping by from House of Ernest!


  5. So cute! great job! : ) I have to start/finish my project tonight AND post it….sigh…little bit of a slacker lately. :)

  6. Love this! I did a halloween front door wreath to look like a spider web – I love these pinterest challenges :)

  7. I have seen that idea on pinterest too. You did a great job!

    I have posted about a yummy salad recipe that I had pinned so if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! I would be honoured if you could also link up your post to my weekly Pinterest Linky Party as this post is just fabulous! I have also created a Pinning Bloggers Master List at my blog that you might be interested in joining.

    Best wishes and happy pinning!
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  8. I’ve had this pinned for quite a while now. I so happy to see that you’ve actually recated it. Great Job!

  9. I saw your link on YHL – that light is ADORABLE! I love it, what a clever idea :-)

  10. Love it!! So cute!

  11. Excellent idea. Very clever!

  12. LOVE your bookcases. & this is such a cute idea. saw your link on yhl.

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